Chieftain’s Single Cask Cigar Malt makes Viking Line whisky cruise debut

By Kristiane Sherry |

Ian Macleod has released its latest Cigar Malt expression exclusively with Viking Line

Ian Macleod Distillers (IMD) has launched 16 year old independent bottling Chieftain’s Single Cask Cigar Malt on board this week’s Viking Line Cinderella Whisky Fair supported by tastings and masterclasses.

The Viking Line Cinderella Whisky Fair takes place from 9-11 March 2023, and is expected to attract over 3,000 whisky lovers over its three voyages from Stockholm to Mariehamn.

A non-chill filtered Speyside single malt, the latest Chieftain’s release is bottled at a natural cask strength of 62.89% ABV. 

Distilled in May 2006, it was matured in a single first-fill European oak sherry butt numbered #6189. Just 588 bottles have been made available, all exclusive to Viking Line.

The Chieftain’s range has been part of the IMD portfolio for over 20 years. Just two or three Cigar Malt casks are released each year, and only first-fill European oak sherry casks are used. 

It is said to offer notes of ripe strawberry, tarragon and milk chocolate on the nose, caramel, pastries and raisins on the palate, and tobacco and damson plums on the finish. 

This edition of Chieftain’s Single Cask Cigar Malt is said to particularly complement Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro cigars. 

Chieftain’s Cigar Malt: an ‘enviable reputation’

“We are delighted to partner with Viking Line and showcase our portfolio alongside other exceptional whiskies from leading global distilleries,” says Ian Macleod Distillers’ Global Travel Retail Director, William Ovens. 

“We are really excited to introduce passengers to Chieftain’s 16 year old Single Cask Cigar Malt. Chieftain’s has an enviable reputation amongst whisky connoisseurs and its superlative single casks are highly sought after.”

The launch on board Viking Line is being supported by tastings and masterclasses from IMD’s whisky ambassador Gordon Dallas.

IMD’s brand ambassador Gordon Dallas will lead a series of tastings on board

His Sherry Matured and Chocolate Whisky Range tutored tasting will include Tamdhu Gran Reserva, Tamdhu 2008 Vintage, Glengoyne 10 Year Old First Fill and Glengoyne 15 Year Old PX Edition.

Other IMD whiskies at the fair include Rosebank Lowland Single Malt, Smokehead Islay Single Malt, Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt and Shieldaig Speyside Single Malt whiskies.

“Viking Line is a hugely important annual event giving whisky connoisseurs in Sweden the chance to buy exclusive editions and rarities they won’t find elsewhere and learn more about their favourite whiskies directly from the makers,” said Viking Line Tax Free Senior Category Manager of Commercial Operations, Carl Mörn. 

“We anticipate lively debate and interaction and a great response to Chieftain’s 16 Year Old Single Cask Cigar Malt and the wider IMD portfolio.”

Last year, IMD expanded its GTR portfolio with the introduction of cask-strength Scotch whisky, As We Get It Highland Single Malt.

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